DCD Rights has lined up a slew of international sales for The Open University’s library of television content.
The international distribution division of DCD Media has sold Bang Goes The Theory to Discovery Networks Europe, Middle East and Africa; while Foxtel in Australia, NPO in The Netherlands, Histoire (French speaking Europe and Africa) and BBC Worldwide Asia and Australia have acquired “substantial packages” of content, which include such series as The Quest For Bannockburn, Pain Pus & Poison and Empire and Town with Nicholas Crane.
These deals mark the first substantial sales of OU programming since DCD Rights secured the rights to distribute The Open University’s programming catalogue in April 2014. That deal, which spans two years, covered more than 188 hours of content produced in partnership with the BBC and a further forty hours of upcoming programming. Several of those forthcoming programmes, including Photographing Africa With Harry Hook, The Great War Begins; The Machine Gun & Skye’s Band Of Brothers, will be launched at MIPCOM next month.
“The broad scope and thought-provoking nature of Open University programming means it has strong appeal for a wide spectrum of international broadcasters”, Nicky Davies Williams, CEO of DCD Rights. “These series are versatile and can stand alone in peak time or create a focused strand. We are very pleased to have a continual flow of high quality factual series joining our catalogue and are delighted to offer our clients a new line up at MIPCOM next month, in particular one of the most definitive collections of WW1 documentaries available to commemorate the Great War’s centenary.”
In addition to those new Open University titles, DCD Rights has announced that they will be launching a number of other factual titled at MIPCOM in Cannes, France, in October. Those titles include Tales of Irish Castles presented by The Fall alum Simon Delaney; Quest’s Mercenaries, which explores the murky world of mercenaries and private military contractors; and The Weather Channel’s Al Roker produced factual series Coast Guard Alaska.